15. Make us glad in proportion to the days in which you have afflicted us, and to the years in which we have suffered evil.
16. Let Your work (the signs of Your power) be revealed to Your servants, and Your (glorious) majesty to their children.
17. And let the beauty and delightfulness and favor of the Lord our God be upon us; confirm and establish the work of our hands, confirm and establish it. Amp.
Confirm -d) to make firm, strengthen.
Establish -d) to make stable, settle.
Psalm 90 is a prayer of Moses. He is asking for the mercy of God and the love of God. He has seen so much rebellion from his people. He knows they deserve God’s judgment, but he is asking for mercy. He has seen how the sins of the people, kept them out of the promise land. He sees how his own sins have kept him out of the promise land. He asks for mercy. (vs.14)
Then, his focus is turned to the goodness of the Lord. Make us glad Lord, compared to the affliction we have to had to bear. (vs. 15) We need a purpose to do the work of the Lord. It must be the Lord’s work or it will be in vain. It must be birthed in prayer or it will not stand or be established.
There must come a time when we realize the Lord is very serious about us and our walk. We all have things that need to go, because we live in this fleshly prison. The Lord led them into the wilderness so they could learn His ways and be cleansed.
He wanted a mature body of believers that would see the genuineness of His love and mercy. That they would delight themselves in Him, the way He delighted in them. That is not what He got. He was not content with the ratio of only two out of thousands. So, He sent His Son, Jesus, to make it right.
In verse 17, he asks for His beauty and delightful loveliness and favor of the Lord to be upon us. Why would the Lord be so good to us and answer this prayer? This is the Lord’s prayer. He wants to give us the best. He has a purpose for each one of us. But we must spend time in prayer and repentance, asking for His purpose. Satan will do everything he can to get you off track and lose your way.
Psalm 5:2 Hear the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
3. In the morning you hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare a prayer, a sacrifice for You, and watch and wait for You to speak to my heart.
4. For You are not a God Who has pleasure in wickedness, neither will the evil man so much as dwell temporarily with you.
7. But as for me I will enter Your house through the abundance of Your steadfast love and mercy; I will worship toward and at your holy temple in the reverent fear and awe of You.
8. Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way level (straight and right) before my face. Amp.
That is the prayer we need to pray. Our life is to be a sacrifice (Rom.12:1-2). If we don’t make it our daily business, Satan will deceive you. You will believe that you are doing the right thing, when he has blinded you. If we do not do things God’s way, we won’t know the way. We cannot set His precepts aside and expect His favor, (Gal. 6:7-8).
God’s people do not want to work in vain. They know that they can do nothing without the Lord and therefore they cry to Him for help in their work, for acceptance for their efforts, and for the carrying out of their plans.
We come and go, but the Lord’s work abides forever. Let us invest our lives doing things for Him that will last when we are in the grave.